Open to schools and non-profit organisations, can apply for up to £15k. Please note: this fund is now closed.
Please note: this fund is now closed.
The Medium Grant Scheme fund aims to support local organisations to create new jobs, learning, training, and educational programmes through the means of arts, culture, innovation, public realm and creative placemaking in Hackney, Newham, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.
The scheme is part of the Westfield East Bank Creative Futures Fund, an ambitious five-year programme that aims to invest £10 million into the local communities of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest, and we are now pleased to be opening Year 3.
Year 3 was open for applications until Friday 23 September 2022 at 11.59pm. The deadline was extended by one week from its original 16 September due to observance of The Royal Mourning.
In Year 3, the Medium Grant scheme pot is £200,000 and will award 10 to 13 grants.
Year 3 has been designed with evaluation and feedback from Year 1 and 2 grantees to ensure that the process is accessible, transparent and allows applicants to make informed decisions, follow a simple applications process and gain additional support when needed.
In Year 1, we awarded a total of £160,000 to 11 projects.
In Year 2, we awarded a total of £385,243 to 29 projects.
For help and advice on making an application, please contact our Capacity Building Programme lead Lisa Stepanovic on email@example.com. Please also see upcoming workshops and sessions for practical support. Our Grants team are unable to reply to individual queries for Medium Grant Scheme applications.
To find out when Year 4 will open and to find out about our other funding opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gF6X3z
FLEXIGRANT APPLICATION QUESTIONS — Small & Medium Grant Schemes
The scheme will fund projects that focus on one or more of the following funding themes:
Business and entrepreneur support
We appreciate these four overarching areas are a broad spectrum, so to aid understanding of outcomes expected through the grants, we have developed a user-centred process.
Outcomes are the project’s short, medium or long-term goals that will lead to a meaningful impact for communities in the local boroughs. Applicants will be asked to identify a set number of outcomes that their project will achieve. The number of outcomes expected will be based on the grant scheme you are applying for.
We have provided a list of 13 short, medium and long-term outcomes to be selected.
|Short Term Outcomes||Medium/Long Term Outcomes|
|Participants gain technical/sector- specific and/or creative skills||Increased employability of participants|
|Participants gain essential skills||Increased capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship|
|Participants grow their networks and awareness of local opportunities||Increased diversity in the creative/entrepreneurial sector in the boroughs|
|Participants gain confidence in their potential and self-initiative||More diverse audiences engage with the cultural sector and benefit from community assets/available services|
|Participants are better equipped to process difficult emotions||Participants act as agents of change within the local community|
|Participants are equipped to act as agent of change in their boroughs||Organisations and schools integrate creative approaches within their projects|
|Organisations and schools are exposed to creative approaches to wellbeing|
For more information, please see our Guidance Notes.
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Open toPlease note: this scheme is now closed.
FundingUp to £15,000
Apply by23/09/2022 11:59 pm
OutcomesMinimum of three short, medium, or long-term outcomes
CategoriesArts, Culture, Heritage
The Medium Grant Scheme focuses on projects around the four themes of employment opportunities, learning opportunities, young people and business and entrepreneurial support within the four boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Proposals from schools and non profit groups and organisations are all welcome.
Our Fund is about creating inclusive and sustainable opportunity — we are keen to back a range of activities and innovative ideas that drive the proposed outcomes. The Foundation for Future London is a strong advocate for the ability of creativity to enable levelling up opportunities and to be a strong contributor to the London economy. Therefore, we are keen to fund project activity that has origins in:
Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the forefront of the Foundation’s grant giving. We actively encourage applications from all communities including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, disabled, learning disabled, unemployed and/or low waged, people without qualifications, vulnerably housed, Gypsies and Travellers, LGBTQ+, children and young people, older people and people with mental health issues or long-term health issues.
We want to make sure funding opportunities reach a wide audience and serve to support locally rooted charities and community focused initiatives. We also encourage applications from individuals and organisations led by local people whose projects engage and serve East London’s diverse communities.
To get a better understanding of the support areas and beneficiaries the Foundation’s funding seeks to target, see our list of groups in our Guidance Notes.
Medium Grant Scheme projects will need to demonstrate a minimum of three short, medium, or long-term outcomes from our list of 13 short, medium or long-term goals that will lead to a meaningful impact for communities in the local boroughs. To see the full list, please see our Guidance Notes.
Please make sure to read our Guidance Notes before applying.
We are now using our grant management software Flexigrant for online applications.
Online applications will open on 11 July and close on Fri 23 September 2022 (extended from 16 September for The Royal Mourning).
Grants will be awarded in November 2022.
Projects will start in December 2022 to February 2023.
For help and advice on applying to the Medium Grant Scheme, sign up to our Capacity Building Programme events, run in partnership with award-winning social entrepreneur Lisa Stepanovic.
Medium Grant Application Workshops will run on:
Review Process: All applications will be carefully reviewed and evaluated against the four key core Fund themes as well as short, medium, and long-term goals, expected impact, user, and beneficiary groups and budgetary spend.
Shortlisting will take place internally via our online system by three team members. Final awarding will be decided by the Foundation’s Grant Assessment Panel, which includes the Foundation’s CEO and one/two Foundation Trustees.
Feedback will be given to all applicants in the first instant via our Capacity Building Programme workshop, followed by potential 121 requests, however level of feedback will be dependent on size of grant applied for.
For access support or technical support using our Flexigrant online application system, please email:
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